Dacorum & Tring AC’s young runners delivered a fine showing at the second leg of the North West London Cross Country League at Alexandra Palace.
Kristian Imroth produced another impressive performance to take second place out of 44 runners in the U13 boys’ race over 3k – just three seconds behind Finn Harvey of Shaftesbury Harriers.
Making his debut for the club, Ethan Brimmer (12:05) showed great promise to finish eighth out of 54 runners in the U11 race over 2k.
Joshua Van Heiningen (18:22) finished ninth out of 29 runners in the U15 boys’ race over 4k, and Matthew Renphrey (18:30) placed 10th in the U17 men’s race over 5k.
Indira Patel (12:35) improved on her performance from the previous race in the series to finish ninth out of 37 runners in the U13 girls’ race over 2,400m, while Grace Birdseye (16:27) continued her recent good form to finish 11th out of 38 runners in the U15 girls’ race over 3,400m, backed up by Isabelle Amos (17:12) in 16th place.
Elsewhere, competing for Dacorum & Tring AC’s road running section, Samantha Hawkridge completed an unusual double of two races in the Sandown Park Gallops.
Samantha completed the 5km run – finishing 11th in her age group – then took on the 10km run an hour later, coming 37th.
The races were part of her mileage build-up as she trains for the 2015 Virgin London marathon, having won one of the two club places awarded to Dacorum & Tring AC.
In other news, Chris Kitchener and Richard East finished the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest; a muddy, wet 10km urban assault course involving more than 20 obstacles in and around Wembley Park in London.
Chris finished first in his wave of 209 people in 1:04:55, while Richard was third in 1:10:22.
The two were delighted to finish 78th and 202nd respectively out of a total of 5,900 competitors.
Meanwhile, Dacorum & Tring had 15 runners competing at Parkrun events over the weekend.
Sam Fawcett and her dog Rexy were first home for the club at the Tring parkrun, crossing the line in 21:59, fast enough for second lady home.
John Hopper was third in the VM45-49 age group, while young Sam Burnell was first boy under 10, and John’s wife Louisa was third lady in the VF40-45 category.
Over in St Albans, Sam Fielding scored a new PB of 19:31, leading the club home to finish first in the JM15-17 age group.
Simon Walker was next in 19:42, followed by Michael Lamb in 21:48, in what was his 146th Parkrun, and Alastair Hinchliff in 23:17.
Michael’s daughters Calypso (JW15-17) and Star (JW11-14) finished first in their categories, while another dad and daughter pair, Richard and Rachel Belsey, finished close behind.
Six-year old Rachel posted a smashing new PB of 26:05 to take first in the JW10 age group, while Michelle Ashwell had a strong race to finish in 26:24, and Esther Hamilton ran strongly to grab a new PB of 27:38.
Meanwhile, veteran club member Peter Bailey returned to St Albans after recovering from a long illness and completed his 50th Parkrun, coming second in the VM75-79 age group in an impressive time of 33:29.